For its twelfth contemporary art event, the Palace of Versailles invites 5 photographers from around the world to the Estate of Trianon, from 14 May 2019 to 20 October 2019.
The next contemporary art exhibition at Versailles will be held in the intimate setting of Trianon. For the 2019 event, Dove Allouche, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen unveil new commission that echo the spirit of the venue. Their works, which combines creation and heritage, reveal a new Versailles.
Since 2008, the Palace of Versailles has held an annual exhibition devoted to a French or foreign artist. Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Takashi Murakami in 2010, Bernar Venet in 2011, Joana Vasconcelos in 2012, Giuseppe Penone in 2013, Lee Ufan in 2014, Anish Kapoor in 2015, Olafur Eliasson in 2016, the collective exhibition Voyage d’Hiver (Winter’s Journey) in 2017 and Hiroshi Sugimoto in 2018: all of these artists have created an original dialogue between their works, the Palace of Versailles, and its gardens.
The estate of Trianon
Created by Louis XIV, who ordered the construction of a marble palace (now known as the Grand Trianon), the estate was later transformed by Queen Marie-Antoinette. She made the Petit Trianon her refuge from the demands of courtly life at Versailles. She had a romantic-style garden made, as well as a theatre, a windmill and dairy, and a hamlet.
Born in 1972, Dove Allouche lives and works in Paris. His works essentially consists in undertaking a task, by which and after which he would be able to find something he had not first seen. He does not try to reveal things that are absolutely buried, forgotten for hundreds or thousands of years, nor to find what was hidden by others, a secret someone try to hide. He tries to reveal what is immediately present and invisible at the same time. His approach is of a presbyope. He would like to reveal what is too close from our sight to be seen, what is here right next to us, but through which we watch something else.
Recent selected solo shows include : Negative Capability, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver ; Des caractères extérieurs, gb agency, Paris ; Le beau danger, Peter Freeman, New York.
Dove Allouche was included in the following group exhibitions : Autofictions – Dessin contemporain – Musée Wilhelm-Hack, Ludwigshafen ; Histoire(s) d’une collection, Centre Pompidou, Paris ; Una Fornace a Marsiglia, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice ; The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus.
Dove Allouche is represented by Peter Freeman Inc. (New York) and gb agency (Paris).
Nan Goldin, born in 1953, is a lifelong artist who works and lives between New York, Paris and Berlin. Nan Goldin was given her first camera when she was 15 years old while attending «hippie free school», where she began taking polaroids of herself and those around her.
She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1977 and moved to New York in 1978 where she continued to document her «extended family».
Soon she was presenting slide shows of her photographs accompanied by a soundtrack in nightclubs around the city. The images used in these slide shows became the subject of her seminal slide show and first book The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.
In 2018, the artist and her colleagues founded the group P.A.I.N (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), which advocates for addiction treatment and education in the midst of a mounting opioid crisis, while targeting the Sackler family who developed OxyContin.
Nan Goldin is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery (New York, London, Paris).
Martin Parr, born in 1952, is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 100 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established.
Parr also acts as a curator. He has curated two photography festivals, Arles in 2004 and Brighton Biennial in 2010. More recently Parr curated the Barbican exhibition, Strange and Familiar.
Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and was President from 2013 to 2017. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster.
Parr’s work has been collected by many of the major museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Martin Parr established the Martin Parr Foundation in 2017.
Martin Parr is represented by kamel mennour (Paris) and Magnum agency.
Born in Longuyon (France) in 1961, Eric Poitevin lives and works in Mangiennes (Meuse department). He was resident at the Villa Medicis from 1989 to 1990.
Whether focusing on the faces of World War I veterans (1985), dead deer (1995), skulls and butterflies (1994), undergrowth (1995), horses’s rear (1999-2000), or fragments of human bodies (2001), Eric Poitevin’s photographs are the product of progressive decisions.
He meticulously constructs his images, at times working for months before being satisfied with the appearance of his photographic subjects. His work with light (natural and otherwise) is extremely painstaking. Light, format, paper, and framing must therefore serve the density and fragility of each subject shown.
Eric Poitevin is represented by Albert Baronian Gallery (Brussels).
Viviane Sassen was born in 1972 in Amsterdam, and lives there. She studied fashion design, followed by photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and Ateliers Arnhem.
Her photographs constantly disrupt our usual perceptions: some are carefully constructed while others are incidental scenes, leaving the viewer unsure which are her imaginary fictions and which scenes from life. Sassen’s visual language is articulated by a deep awareness of the formalist concerns of painting, sculpture and photography, as well as an acute sense of colour and the optical resonances of pattern and design.
Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the Hepworth Wakefield Museum, UK (2018), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2017), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2017), and l’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris (2015). Viviane Sassen was included in the main exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, in 2013.
Viviane Sassen is represented by Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town).
Jean de Loisy, director of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Alfred Pacquement, Contemporary Art Curator at Versailles
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